“Twitter has revealed that brevity and verbosity are not always antonyms.” -Nicholas Carr

Brevity is defined as — concise and exact use of words in writing or speech. Verbosity is defined as — the quality of using more words than needed. In relation to this tweet by Carr, or even Twitter, the first thing that popped in my head was the 140 character limit implemented by Twitter to restrict users from writing long paragraphs on paragraphs on their accounts. This might’ve LITERALLY been what Carr meant because Twitter uses have to say a lot (verbosity) within a short (brevity) tweet. However, I think when saying the two words aren’t always antonyms I think Carr meant that Twitter users (as of rerecent don’t need to hit the max of 140 characters in order to get their point across. Thanks to discourse within the social community people are now able to understand what others are saying.

For example, the use of acronyms like LOL or LMAO; it’s less characters but it gets the point across.

This graph is depicting how many buyers actually purchase an item when advertised using more words vs. using less. As you can see sellers who use less/very brief statements about their products actually turn out with a greater profit.

Nicholas Carr discussing what the Internet is doing to our brains and how it’s affecting us as humans. In relation to his tweet, the Internet is making it easier for us to absorb shorter statements because our brain is becoming wired to the LOLs or LMAOs.


Do you think we can go back to the “pre digital era” or is life as we know it going to be doomed without the use of the Internet?

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